Sias Business Park
Location: Zhengzhou, China
Client: Sias International University
GFA: 376,000 m2
Program: Retail 37,200 m2; Office 65,000 m2; Incubator 43,700 m2; Hotel 12,000 m2; SOHO 66,600 m2; LOFT 53,600 m2
The repetitious use of similar tower typologies is becoming a clear trend in mixed-use master planning projects in China. Typically, driven by commercial profit, the exterior qualities of towers become a by-product of numbers and economic equations. Our design, on the other hand, focuses on qualities emerging from aesthetic factors, surrounding environment, and cultural references.
For the Sias Master Plan, we developed multiple building typologies, each responding intimately to their respective programs and ability to foster social interaction. Rectangular, bar-shaped towers form the community’s outer perimeter on two sides and acts as an interface between the new community and the existing urban fabric.
At the center of the community, low-density courtyard offices occupy the landscape. The individual courtyard offices link together to form larger, communal courtyards.
At the southwest corner, a dynamic, mixed-use building shapes the prominent edge of the community. The building’s typology, referred to as an “incubator”, consists of a commercial podium, hotel tower, office tower, and banquet hall. A deep carving motion spans the facades of the towers, creating a vertical landscape and acting as an extension of the ground level. The bold tower facades and commercial massing combine to create an iconic corner element for the important intersection.